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7th March – Making an hour glass – John Holden

11 March, 2016

Another healthy turnout of 64 members and 4 visitors to watch our former chairman John Holden demonstrate. John’s wife was also a guest as they were setting off on holiday immediately after the meeting, now that’s dedication.

John started off by telling us how he had previously made an hour glass stand and then received a request for a similar one.

He told us that there were three important elements to the build : The Design, The Glass and the Wood.


John uses thirteen different pieces in this build, starting with the top and bottom which are cut from one piece of wood and holes drilled for spindles to fit into. The base and matching top are then turned with decorative edges and a central recess to hold the ends of the glass

Three spindles are then turned initially to cylindrical form using the wing of a roughing gouge for a neat planing cut. Each spindle length was marked using a piece of wood with two sharpened nails. To get matching spindles John uses a template with filed grooves for accurate marking. The beads are cut using a bedan type tool, the long curves with the wing of a roughing gouge again and a spindle gouge with a fingernail grind for the sharper curves and coves.



Due to time constraints on the evening, John in true “Blue Peter” tradition used parts he had “prepared earlier”

The holder is then assembled around the hour glass.


After the tea break we were treated to a critique of the gallery by Brian Hannam, in his own unique style.

Another collection of top quality turning was on view including a clock from Ian Woodford, which was a preview to an article in the April edition of “Woodturning”



The Gallery Draw was won by Dennis Hilditch with his Yew and Laburnum bowl and lid.


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